How can we get Brit-Pop fans mad? Compare Oasis to The Beatles, of course. In the world of music, discussions around influence and originality often ignite passionate debates. One such topic that continues to captivate fans and critics alike is the connection between the iconic British rock band Oasis and the legendary Beatles. With their shared hometown of Liverpool and similar musical styles, many have drawn comparisons, leading to claims that Oasis simply copied The Beatles.
Liverpool’s rich musical heritage undeniably played a significant role in shaping both Oasis and The Beatles. The Beatles’ profound impact on popular music cannot be overstated. Their innovative songwriting, melodic hooks, and cultural influence continue to reverberate through the years. Growing up in the same city, Oasis’ members were undoubtedly influenced by the musical legacy left by The Beatles, along with other Merseybeat bands of the 1960s. It is natural for artists to be inspired by their local musical heroes, and Oasis was no exception.
In a recent Twitter trolling event, Liam Gallagher was asked by a follower on Twitter what he thought about Oasis copying the Beatles. The comment said: “Liam my grandad thinks oasis copied the Beatles. What shall I say?”
To this, Liam trolled back saying: “No chance they copied us.”
One aspect that fuels the comparison between Oasis and The Beatles is the melodic similarities found in their respective catalogs. Oasis’ Gallagher brothers, particularly Noel Gallagher as the chief songwriter, crafted songs with catchy melodies, soaring choruses, and anthemic qualities reminiscent of The Beatles’ songwriting prowess. Tracks like “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Wonderwall” evoke a sense of nostalgia and a melodic sensibility reminiscent of The Beatles’ classic tunes.
While Oasis may have borrowed certain melodic structures, it is important to note that the bands are still pretty different. Maybe we can say that Oasis are a more depressed Beatles, sure. To say that they are an exact copy though it a little far out there.
No chance they copied us
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 28, 2023